Impeachment managers conclude closing arguments, senators statements to take place today

Henrietta Brewer
February 3, 2020

"Go right at 'em Mr. President", he said. Democrats wanted to hear testimony from Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton, whom Trump ousted from his White House position last September.

Democratic Senator Doug Jones, speaking to reporters on Monday, said he has not yet decided on if he will vote to convict the president.

Jones said he wants "to hear the arguments and some conversations from colleagues" before he makes up his mind.

The Republican senators said Trump should attempt to unite the country.

Following closing arguments, every senator will have the opportunity to give their own statement about the trial.

Four contenders for the Democratic nomination - Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bennet - were required to be present at the impeachment trial. I have a job to do-a constitutional duty. And I think Iowans understand that experience matters. He answered that he would not have done anything differently, and said that it was within the power of the Senate to demand a "fair trial" with "witnesses and testimony" for Trump.

On Tuesday, speeches by senators will continue. That night, Trump is scheduled to deliver his annual State of the Union address to both chambers of the US Congress at 9pm local time (02:00 GMT).

As Newsweek previously reported, this would be "the first presidential impeachment trial in US history without witnesses and brings Trump one step closer to becoming the third president to be acquitted of articles of impeachment".

The vote was divided across the party-line, as was expected, with Democrats getting only two of the four needed Republicans to side with them on the matter.

During the debate that preceded the vote, Democratic House managers argued that new evidence had emerged since the House concluded their inquiry.

The House of Representatives had formally initiated the impeachment proceedings against the president on charges of obstruction of Congress and abuse of presidential powers.

House manager Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., took a different stance during her remarks, claiming that Trump's efforts to use Rudy Giuliani to get Ukraine to investigate his political opponents and the withholding of military aid amounted to "extortion", and that Trump was trying to "cheat" in the 2020 election. "We're still going to go into to the Senate this week and make the case why this president needs to be removed", Schiff said on CBS's "Face the Nation".

Alexander said, however, there was no need for more evidence and, with Washington awaiting the results of Monday's Iowa caucuses, it was better to let the American public decide who should be the next president.

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